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Holiday hunts serve tasty treats

Holiday hunts serve tasty treats

April 16, 2006|By ROBERT SNYDER

Like locusts clearing a field of wheat, children went through a grassy lot dotted with early spring dandelions in their search for hidden Easter eggs.

And within minutes, the eggs were gone.

Six-year-old Robert Stotelmyer counted as many as 14 eggs, each chock-full of charms and candy, in the paper bag he carried with him on Saturday during the first of several community Easter egg hunts that were sponsored by Hope Bridge Church outside the congregation's meeting place at the old Washington Street School in Hagerstown.

Plus, Stotelmyer was the day's first special-prize winner, walking away with a golden egg, one of which was hidden in the field amidst all of the other brightly colored yellow, pink, purple, orange, green and blue eggs during each hunt.

Inside each golden egg was a gift certificate from one of the event's several corporate sponsors.

As many as 5,000 eggs were placed in the field during the day's hunts, which drew several hundred people from the community for the church's weekend event, said Pastor Pete Zerphey, who, with bullhorn in hand, helped coordinate the day's activities.

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About 1,000 people came to the church for the day's activities, said Kelly Zerphey, Pete Zerphey's wife.

The day's events also included pony rides, a puppet show and a lunch of roasted pork sandwiches and hot dogs.

Zerphey said the church, which started with 15 members from its sponsoring church, the Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene, moved into the neighborhood last year and seeks to establish itself as a neighborhood church. Other activities the church sponsors include a yard sale, Tuesday night dinners, and providing school supplies for needy families. The church also sponsors its own Little League baseball team, which played its first game of the season Saturday.

"We want to show love and Christ to the community," Zerphey said. "We do a lot of outreach."

Zerphey said the church bills itself as a casual, modern and nondoctrinal assembly and has grown to 85 members in six months.

Church service times are Saturdays at 6 p.m. and, beginning today, Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

More information about the church is available by calling 301-791-9003.

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